Caramely sweet with roasted nut flavors, a cinnamon spice top note, and a chocolate bittersweetness that is bolstered with deeper roast development. City+ to Full City+. Classic toned SO espresso.
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Patio Sun-dried|
|Arrival date||May 2019 Arrival|
|Bag size||69 KG|
|Appearance||.5 d/300gr, 16-18 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City+ to Full City+|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
Finca Matalapa is a classic estate coffee, long before there were mini-mills and micro-lots. It has a complete independent mill to service the farm, from the tree through wet-processing, patio drying, hulling, preparation, to loading the coffee in jute bags and packing the shipping container. The mill is filled with fantastic, classic coffee equipment painted in bold colors. And it's the passion of the owner, Vickie Ann Dalton de Diaz, and the mechanical love of the archaic on the part of her Francisco Diaz that keeps the mill running and the coffee tasting so wonderful! Finca Matalapa is in the Libertad area, not far from the capital of San Salvador, on a west-facing slope ranging from 1200 meters up to the ridge top at 1350 meters. It's a 4th generation coffee estate totaling 120 hectares and was founded in the late 1800's by Fidelia Lima, great grandmother of the Vickie. She maintains 14 acres of virgin tropical forest and keeps her coffee plants shaded with over forty varieties of larger trees.
This Matalapa lot is an approachable cup, with balanced core coffee flavors that make it infinitely drinkable. The dry fragrance from the ground coffee has hazelnuts and honey granola scents, while the wet aromatics give a more volatile aromatic emphasis to the dry fragrance, praline, almonds and a hint of cinnamon powder. The cup flavors are dominated by layered caramel and nutty roast tones, a twist of spice powder in the finish. Body is moderate at this level, and at Full City seems much more dense and opaque, as do the accompanying bittersweet cocoa roast tones. It has moderate tea-like acidity that helps bring a flavor of green tea to mind, and at City+ finds balance between brightness, flavor and body. Finca Matalapa makes for a classic-toned SO espresso at Full City roast, heavy cocoa roast flavor is accented by an orange zest note and followed by creamy macadamia nut in the aftertaste.